is characterized by the splendid vault designed around 1764 by Petitot
and decorated by Benigno Bossi with refined gilded plaster.
The echoes of the imperial splendor
experienced by Maria Luigia at the court of Napoleon are revived in this
room through a number of precious objects in the showcases: the centerpiece
in crystal and vermeil created for the imperial couple by Thomire and
Odiot, the great clock with the figures of the arts designed by the same
artists in clean, neoclassical lines, the rare mother cup made by Dagoty
and given by Napoleon to his young bride on the occasion of the birth
of the King of Rome.
Six lovely watercolors painted by Giuseppe
Naudin in the Thirties of the 19th century introduce us, with their charming
detail, to Maria Luigia's Parma residence, Palazzo Ducale, located directly
across from the building where we are now, which was severely damaged
by a bomb in 1944 and had to be demolished immediately after the war.
Two paintings by Alinovi and Mazza show us what it looked like from the
outside, designed by the architect Nicola Bettoli in a detailed plan of
urban redevelopment of all the buildings belonging to the Duchy. Other
oil paintings and watercolors by various authors show us the country homes
of the duchess and a number of locations in the Parmesan states that she
was particularly fond of.
The drawing of the curtain of the Teatro
Regio painted by Gian Battista Borghesi and the fine portrait of Antonio
Canova painted by Thomas Lawrence are handsome reminders of the great
passion and generosity of the duchess during her reign in support of culture
and artistic events.
Naudin - Palazzo Ducale, Parma, throne room
Manufacture - Mother cup
Alinovi - Palazzo Ducale, Parma